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Prescriber Checkup

LOAN PHAM M.D.

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,437Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 663

$110K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 543 out of 663

480 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Colorado
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 480 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 480 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 18,860 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$5 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Colorado
LISINOPRIL 1,132 1,027 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 918 866 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 907 801 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 804 789 4 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 741 557 5 8
GABAPENTIN 676 580 6 20
OMEPRAZOLE 576 530 7 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 461 388 8 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 458 336 9 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 455 446 10 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 425 424 11 23
ATENOLOL 415 408 12 10
RANITIDINE HCL 386 360 13 31
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 380 335 14 5
SERTRALINE HCL 344 284 15 35
GLIPIZIDE 330 325 16 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 294 275 17 24
METFORMIN HCL 293 219 18 9
TRAZODONE HCL 280 206 19 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 268 224 20 18
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 260 228 S3 21 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 248 244 22 25
LOVASTATIN 236 233 23 30
CYMBALTA 233 201 24 54
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 213 197 25 16
DIGOXIN 213 213 25 50
DONEPEZIL HCL 199 192 27 40
TRAMADOL HCL 186 148 28 17
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 179 60 29 81
ALLOPURINOL 175 173 30 28
CLOPIDOGREL 174 130 31 65
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 164 159 32 102
TROSPIUM CHLORIDE 161 156 33 204
FLUOXETINE HCL 160 158 34 32
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 156 133 35 45
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 156 155 35 93
ADVAIR DISKUS 149 131 37 53
CARVEDILOL 149 101 37 47
FELODIPINE ER 146 146 39 114
VENTOLIN HFA 137 129 40 162
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 135 75 41 86
PREDNISONE 132 130 42 39
FENOFIBRATE 130 123 43 97
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 129 126 44 27
SPIRIVA 129 87 44 62
ZETIA 123 81 46 80
MIRTAZAPINE 121 114 47 52
KLOR-CON 10 114 114 48 160
VERAPAMIL ER 114 114 48 129
OLANZAPINE 110 99 50 88
PRADAXA 108 108 51 192
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 92 92 52 21
LIDODERM 87 85 53 67
BUPROPION HCL 87 82 53 245
LANTUS 87 79 53 48
NEXIUM 86 78 56 43
BUSPIRONE HCL 86 82 56 206
AGGRENOX 85 80 58 175
PAROXETINE HCL 84 76 59 68
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 81 58 60 69
OXYCODONE HCL 81 68 S2 60 41
LATANOPROST 78 78 62 157
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 78 68 62 82
NIFEDIPINE ER 77 77 64 206
OXYCONTIN 77 73 S2 64 98
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 76 75 66 15
HYDRALAZINE HCL 75 34 67 101
GLIMEPIRIDE 75 67 67 84
LAMOTRIGINE 74 62 69 183
ABILIFY 73 0 70 145
PLAVIX 71 58 71 104
NAMENDA 67 67 72 57
LANSOPRAZOLE 66 66 73 231
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 65 61 S2 74 26
NIASPAN 63 61 75 117
FAMOTIDINE 62 61 76 76
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 61 46 77 167
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 60 60 78 94
CALCIUM ACETATE 59 15 79 230
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 57 52 80 182
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 56 56 81 121
LEVOFLOXACIN 56 52 81 92
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 55 55 83 77
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 53 84 12
PHOSPHA 250 NEUTRAL 53 0 10 85 317
RISPERIDONE 52 52 86 87
METHAZOLAMIDE 52 52 86 324
CEPHALEXIN 51 47 88 119
CARBAMAZEPINE 51 51 88 186
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on June 4, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.